Physics teachers are tough to find gifts for. They tend to want things that are practical yet unique and a little nerdy. Being a physics fan myself, I wanted to assemble what I think are the best gift ideas for a physics teacher. This collection will show them that you understand their love of physics and support them in their passions.
This list is a compilation of my favorites from around the internet. Some are our own Genius Lab Gear inventions and some we’re just jealous we didn’t think of first! Some external links in this page are from affiliates, which means that any purchase of the items after clicking the link will result in a small monetary referral fee paid back to Genius Lab Gear at no cost to you. We appreciate your support which allows us to continue inventing and testing the best tools for scientists on the planet!
1. The Pocket Physicist wallet ruler and equation reference
The first words from your physics teacher's mouth will be "Where did you find this?!" They will never forget you or this unique gift. They will carry this credit card-sized physics pocket tool with them every day for a lifetime. We even laser-engraved the backside full of fundamental physics equations, physical constants, and unit conversions. See the product page for a full list of features we've packed in!
You can also add a custom logo to this for events, networking, or promotional giveaways! Custom orders start at 100 pieces - just email us for more info.
P.S. We also have versions specifically for Chemists and Engineers if those are a better fit for the person you have in mind!
2. 3D Crystal Ball with Solar System Model
It's time to treat the person who taught you with a one-of-a-kind present that avoids the traditional gift card. Now is not the time to overthink it; instead, get something simple, something that they are passionate about. Allow your favorite physics teacher to enjoy the wonders of our solar system daily with this 3D Solar System crystal ball! Keeping this on their desk will give them a constant 360-degree perspective of our universe.
Science-themed gifts are rarely as entertaining and enduring as our science-themed word magnet sets! We recently launched these to encourage creativity and self-expression in labs, classrooms and offices. Each specialty pack comes with 144 tiles carefully designed by a PhD in that field for technical accuracy and tacit absurdity.
The Physics Word Magnet set was designed with help from professional physicists and physics teachers, who chose words to make it both science-y and humorous. These are just plain fun!
Let your physics teacher relax, take a break from teaching, and take time for themselves to have fun building this FM Radio kit! This kit is a monophonic FM (frequency modulation) receiver that searches for FM stations using an electrical auto-scan. This scan mechanism utilizes two button switches: one scans up, while the other resets the tuning position to the beginning. It’s a fun DIY project that they could also share with their physics club students or build it with their family!
Take your lanyard to the next level with this colorful and fun element theme! The lanyard's black background lets the periodic table of elements pop on each side. It's a little sciencey splash for your next conference or keeping your badge safe around the office.
6. 2024 This Day in Science Boxed Calendar: 365 Groundbreaking Discoveries, Inspiring People, and Incredible Facts
Exceptional science has never been more inspiring—or more vital. This 2024 calendar features groundbreaking new discoveries that will fill your favorite physics teacher’s year with 365 days of unbelievable wonders! They will surely enjoy entries from physics like on July 4, 2012: Physicists discover the Higgs Boson particle, which explains a crucial theory of particle physics. It’s chock full of fun facts from the latest advances in medicine and technology to new findings in evolution, engineering, and the cosmos.
7. Best books for a physics teacher to read for pleasure (not textbooks!)
Teachers spend a ton of time reading textbooks and science news articles. It’s important to occasionally break that cycle and dive into a book for pleasure. Below are a few of our favorite physics-related books that will be an enjoyable read for a physics teacher.
The Feynman Lectures on Physics, boxed set: The New Millennium Edition
Richard Feynman was an American theoretical physicist. For his work on the development of quantum field theory, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1965. He was also one of the most well-known and admired figures of the twentieth century, both in the field of physics and in the public sphere. He inspired people around the world with his passion, hard work, and just plain curiosity. What’s a better gift for a physics teacher than a book from the subject's greatest teacher?
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)
This is another amazing book written by the great Richard Feynman that will make the perfect gift for your physics teacher. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! is filled with funny, clever, and surprisingly inspiring stories about the late, great educator and science communicator. It is made up of a series of anecdotes and stories and spans Richard Feynman's life from his youth through the late 1970s.
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
This book is perfect as a gift for your physics teacher that seems to always have all the answers. There’s always some question that we’ve been wondering about but are afraid to ask. What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool? Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns? What if a Richter Scale 15 earthquake hit New York City? Are fire tornadoes possible? Randall Munroe's "What If?" book has the answer to these seemingly ludicrous questions and will have them laughing out loud as they explore it.
Physics teachers have to be nimble - hopping between the white board, to doing lab demonstrations, to inking up homework assignments. There’s one STEM accessory designed to keep their tools organized and keep their shirts spotless.
The venerable Pocket Protector became a cultural icon in the 1960's and 1970's, but somewhere along the way the newer generation of STEM researchers forgot about them.Physics Teachers need these back in their labs to stay organized, stay efficient, protect their work clothes, and finish their experiments without being late to lunch. So we researched and tested every type ever made to methodically solve each problem and come up with this refreshed design.
Available in spruce green, sapphire blue, and faded pink - the top 3 colors voted on by our fans! You can even get it from our Amazon page if that's easier.
Still not sure what physics gift to get for your teacher? This cool and unique levitating bonsai pot might be the one you’re looking for. Students might at first think it’s magic but the teacher can explain it’s just physics! The bonsai pot levitates by means of magnetics. Magnetic levitation (maglev) or magnetic suspension is a way of suspending an object using just magnetic fields as support. This would make great decor for a teacher’s table and as a demonstration to the class about the concept of maglev.
Thisphysics necktieis the ideal finishing touch for a work outfit, and it gives your favorite physicist the unique blend of physics and fashion that they've been dying for. This fun gift for physics lovers has physics equations and can be worn for nearly any occasion. Crafted in 100% microfiber, you can be certain that this physics necktie will impress no matter where they go.
If the gifts above aren’t yet what you’re after, check out this ferrofluid magnetic display bottle. Ferrofluid is made up of coated magnetite nanoparticles suspended in a liquid. When a magnet isn't present, ferrofluid behaves like a liquid. The mysterious dark fluid can be shaped into drips, bits, spikes, and more by using any simple magnet. They actually help visualize the magnetic field! It's relaxing and entertaining to play with, and it demonstrates the wonders of physics.
If you’re looking for a gift that your physics teacher can use in the classroom, then check out these decorative and functional physics posters. Students will be engaged and inspired by these visually appealing and attention-getting physics posters. The charts are a terrific approach to help students understand the scope and range of physics while also providing a colorful classroom environment that your physics teacher will surely love. We love that they cover every basic physics topic including forces, speed and acceleration, internal energy, and many more!
Thanks to the legendary Nikola Tesla, you can now give the perfect gift to your physics teacher. Make your physics teacher geek out on science by gifting them their very own mini musical Tesla coil. This amazing gizmo is both a nerdy gadget and speaker. You’ll be surprised by how much noise it creates. It can be connected to a phone via Bluetooth while electric arcs fly around that you can safely touch with your fingers. It’s a perfect educational toy that can also be used during class as a physics demonstration.
14. Rocketbook Matrix cloud-connected reusable paper notebook
This is my favorite clever invention. It was inevitable.Rocketbookfinally solved the problem of merging your hand-written notes into your favorite digital services. You simply use their app to take a photo of your pages of notes and the QR code and marked symbols on each page trigger the app to send the digitized page to any of the 9 pre-set digital destinations you choose. This includes OneNote, Evernote, Google Drive, Dropbox and even specific emails. Want a shortcut to send notes via email straight to your colleague or boss? This is what you’re looking for.
TheRocketbook Matrixis my personal favorite because it's designed for more technical work. It's got 30 pages of graphing paper and one regular lined page for taking notes, plus a built-in ruler on the inside cover. Did I mention they are reusable? Use their "Pilot Frixion" pens and then wipe the page with a damp cloth after uploading your notes to use it all over again (and win one for the environment!).
The recently launched James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is dazzling astronomers with gorgeous images of the galaxy. The key to its sharpness is it's gold-plated hexagonal mirror array. These beautiful mini-versions of the mirror from Science Socks also make for dazzling earrings for any physicist.
16. Observatories set
A subtle nerdy touch to a physicist's Christmas Tree, this 4-ornament set of four influential orbiting observatories makes for an excellent holiday-themed gift. The Hubble, Chandra, Compton and Spitzer telescopes have changed the way we view our solar system. Let them orbit your tree this Christmas!
17. Physics Gift Bundle
If you can't decide by now, just get them all! Seriously, we put together a Physics Gift Bundle just to make it easy for you. It includes the Pocket tool and Word Magnets from above, plus a fun Marie Curie sticker. You'll save over 20% by bundling them together, so consider this decision made!
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